The Johnson Medal
The Johnson Institute is privileged to serve as the custodian of the James Weldon Johnson Medal. Established by Mrs. Ollie Jewel Sims Okala and the late Dr. Sondra Kathryn Wilson, historian, author and Executress of the Estate of Grace Nail and James Weldon Johnson, the Johnson Medal has been awarded since 1992 under the auspices of the James Weldon Johnson Foundation.
Commemorating the accomplishments and legacy of James Weldon Johnson, the Johnson Medal is awarded to individuals who have excelled in areas in which Johnson distinguished himself. In particular these areas are civil rights, diplomacy, education, journalism, law, literature, and music. In 2007, the Johnson Institute established the Humanitarian Award to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to humankind in the tradition of James Weldon Johnson.
The purpose of the award is to honor the legacy and accomplishments of James Weldon Johnson, a major figure in African American history, culture and politics. The awarding of the Johnson Medal is also an opportunity for Emory University to pay tribute to an artist and man of action who made significant and enduring contributions to our national life and culture.
The Johnson Medal has traditionally been one of the signature programs of the Johnson Institute. Along with honoring the life and legacy of James Weldon Johnson, the Johnson Medal is also a principal fundraiser. All funds raised through this award provide support for the Institute’s various programs.
The Johnson Medal has been temporarily suspended.
|Past recipients of the Johnson Medal:|
|2011||Henry Aaron||Humanitarian Award|
|2011||Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im||Human Rights|
|2011||Christine King Farris||Humanitarian Award|
|2011||Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka||Literature|
|2010||Lucy Cline Huie||Humanitarian Award|
|2010||Deborah Lipstadt||Humanitarian Award|
|2010||Joseph Lowery||Civil Rights|
|2010||Robert P. (Bob) Moses||Civil Rights|
|2010||Leah Ward Sears||Law|
|2010||Ambassador Andrew Young||Civil Rights|
|2009||Mayor Shirley Franklin||Humanitarian Award|
|2009||E. Neville Isdell||Humanitarian Award|
|2009||Congressman John Lewis||Civil Rights|
|2009||Myrlie Evers Williams||Civil Rights|
|2003||Percy E. Sutton||Civil Rights|
|2002||Vernon E. Jordan||Civil Rights|
|1999||Julian Bond||Civil Rights|
|1996||Constance Baker Motley||Law|
|1994||Mildred Bond Roxborough||Civil Rights|